For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Sir Isaac Newton called it his Third Law of Motion. The CIA calls it “blowback.”
Blowback: How the Bombing of Libya in 2011 Led to Terror in Britain
In the final video of his blowback series, Mehdi Hasan delves into Salman Abedi, the Manchester suicide bomber, and Western intervention in Libya.
Blowback: How Israel Went From Helping Create Hamas to Bombing It
Hamas wants to destroy Israel, right? But as Mehdi Hasan shows in a new video on blowback, Israeli officials admit they helped start the group.
Blowback: How Torture Fuels Terrorism Rather Than Reduces It
Key figures in Al Qaeda were tortured before turning to violent extremism. Even U.S. military officials admit that torture is counterproductive.
Blowback: How a CIA-Backed Coup Led to the Rise of Iran’s Ayatollahs
In the latest episode of Mehdi Hasan’s series on blowback, how the CIA’s toppling of Mohammad Mossadegh led to the Islamic revolution in Iran.
Blowback: How ISIS Was Created by the U.S. Invasion of Iraq
In the second episode of his six-part series on blowback, Mehdi Hasan shows how George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq led to the birth of ISIS.